Eli Tomac Checks Out Early, Wins 250 Moto 1 at Washougal

Eli Tomac cruised his way to victory in the first moto at Washougal.  Tomac passed his GEICO Honda teammate Justin Bogle at the beginning of the second lap to take the lead and inch closer to Ken Roczen at the top of the season leaderboard. Bogle had a great start to the race, taking the Motorcycle Superstore Holeshot and only let Tomac pass him until the waning moments of the moto when Roczen and Marvin Musquin were both able to get by for podium finishes.

Eli Tomac takes his 6th moto win of the season. (Photo: George Crosland)

Roczen didn't have the start he wanted but was able to move through the pack, passing Cooper Webb, Justin Hill, Marvin Musquin, and Blake Baggett to limit the number of points Tomac would gain by winning the moto.  The second place finish didn't come without a bit of luck however, as Baggett's bike stopped while riding in front of Bogle and Roczen.  Tomac and Roczen have yet to have a great head-to-head battle during a race but the battle at the top of the leaderboard will be the story for the rest of the day.

Roczen's fellow Red Bull KTM rider Musquin finished right behind him, as the two finish one after another in yet another race.  Bogle came in fourth after a strong ride, followed by Justin Hill, who calls Washougal his home track.

Despite being fastest in practice, Ken Roczen couldn't run down Tomac. (Photo: George Crosland)

Adam Cianciarulo had his best ride of the season as the much hyped rookie comes in between Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki teammates Hill and Martin Davalos, with the group finishing 5-6-7.  Kyle Cunningham, Cole Seely, and Wil Hahn were the last three of the top-10.

Tomac is within striking distance and will look to take over the top spot of the season for the first time this year in the second moto. Now just 4 points back, he could take over the red plate with a moto win if Roczen were to finish third or lower.

Justin Bogle (4th) tied his best moto finish of the year. (Photo George Crosland)

Washougal 250 Moto 1 Results

1. Eli Tomac
2. Ken Roczen (-19.7 seconds)
3. Marvin Musquin
4. Justin Bogle
5. Justin Hill
6. Adam Cianciarulo
7. Martin Davalos
8. Kyle Cunningham
9. Cole Seely
10. Wil Hahn
11. Jason Anderson
12. Cooper Webb
13. Darryn Durham
14. Zach Osborne
15. Tommy Weeck
16. Kyle Peters
17. Jacob Baumert
18. Preston Mull
19. Brady Kiesel
20. Jason Brooks


24. Jeremy Martin
35. Blake Baggett (DNF)